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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)

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4,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,611
Reviews: 1,537
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 37
Gots: 446 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.74% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
- Pabst Blue Ribbon is brewed in the finest traditions of an American Premium Lager dating back to 1844. Brewed with a combination of 2 & 6-row malted barley, select cereal grains and American and European hops, Pabst Blue Ribbon is fermented with a proprietary lager yeast. Our unique fermentation and maturation process results in a smooth, full bodied beer with a clean, crisp finish with a fine noble hop aroma.
- ABV% 4.74
- Calories 144

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

boyntonliquors, Oct 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

samdelira, Mar 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

cjvh9, Jun 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

Reviewed for what it is, this is perfect. It's the best American adjunct by far in my opinion; far beyond Bud and its ilk. It's nothing when compared to craft beers, of course, but at $3.19 per 4-pack of 16 oz. tall boys, this is my go-to when I want to get messed up for cheap (cough cough I mean it's a great session beer). Perceptible hops, an okay malt body, and no gross aftertaste make this an excellent offering for the price, considering otherwise you'd be looking at Steel Reserve or something like that.

SkullFission, Aug 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

Definitely the best AAL.
Runs rings around Budweiser yet remains cheaper.
It's the only AAL that has a crisp finish, no funky-off flavors.
Best drunken from the can or bottle.
If lack of money forces you to the adjunct section of the beer fridge, always go with PBR.

These kinds of beers need their own scaling system, reviewed in the context of what they are (cheaper alternatives to craft) My rating reflects my opinion of it within it's market. Also would be pretty cool to see this beer hitting the "okay" mark on BeerAdvocate (it deserves it)


SoulFroosh, Aug 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

erickson, Jul 28, 2013
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DOSullivan, Oct 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

hammythehampster, Aug 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

bergdj, Jul 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

JamesCornman, Aug 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

docedoce7, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

sevenshubby, Jul 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

Hunter1211, Oct 11, 2014
5/5  rDev +70.1%

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5/5  rDev +70.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried it for the first time last night. It's great. I'd always heard bad things about it, but, I love it. My new favorite beer!

beerlover1990, Jul 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

MRVermont, Sep 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

jscogggins, Aug 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

shizzy77, Jan 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

mjm47, Jun 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

Personally, I found it weird when my friends said that they wanted to funnel beer into their butts, but as a huge Howard Stern fan, I thought "if Richard Christie can identify beer through his ass, how hard can It be?" So I de-pants, my boy Dave held my legs behind my head as I lay on my back, and my other buddy, handsome mike, did the pouring. Just a little sip at first, as I didn't want to get too giggly. All I can say is "Yum!", very good mouth-feel, light but full-bodied, and refreshing - also not sticky! I think that this is the only way to drink this American Classic. Happy drinking, friends!

Locuss, Nov 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

TrojanWheels, Jan 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

Chetti, Sep 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +70.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

rating this from a 40oz bottle....due to movies like Gran Torino making this beer hip...that said 40oz bottle was $3.79 in Kokomo Indiana at Soupleys Liquors and they cant keep them on the shelves. the same bottle here in Durham NC is $1.89

oddly enough that same liquor store had 12oz cans x 6 for $5.29 but i wanted to try it from glass for a change and only 25 miles away...12.99 for a 30 pack??? Indiana is weird..they have extreme regional pricing schemes

easily the best "adjunct" lager sold in the US...can version rates slightly lower...like a 4+ because the can does add a bit of a metallic bite,which is NOT present in the 24 oz can...weird

I drink this when i want flavor and a slight hop bite, and since i moved to a better pricing area...its also fairly affordable here...10 bucks an 18 pack....highly recommended from the bottle or on tap.

netrioter, Jul 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

Classic American full calorie lager

M_whit, Sep 10, 2014
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 4,611 ratings.